In Togo, agriculture employs two-thirds of the population and accounts for about 41% of GDP. Yields have been consistently low for food crops and the performance of the main export crops (cotton, coffee and cocoa) has been deteriorating. Meat and fish production are also low and the country relies on imports to make up for its food deficit. Rural infrastructure is scarce, poorly maintained, and a major constraint to growth. Key challenges also include weak institutional capacities, insufficient coordination, and weak service delivery due to a deteriorated business climate. An assessment by the WFP showed that coping strategies included adults reducing their daily food intake in favor of children, downgrading the nutritional quality of the main meal, eating seeds stocked for the next season, and selling livestock.
The Togo Agriculture Sector Support Project (PASA) rehabilitated and reinforced productive capacities across selected value chains, and fostered an enabling institutional environment for the development of the agricultural sector. The project supported the government’s National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Program, which aims to improve strategic food crops, export crops, and freshwater fish and through the provision of support for capacity building and coordination to enable the institutional set-up for sound agricultural investments. It supported the marketing of rice and maize; traditional export crops like cotton, coffee and cocoa; supported freshwater fish farming by facilitating access to production technologies, training, critical inputs, land security and financial resources from local banks; and supported capacity building of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries to manage the implementation of its national investment plan and rehabilitate the productive capacity of the strategic food and export crops, and freshwater fish production.
- Inclusive Business
Supervising entityWorld Bank
877,191 people – 13% women – benefited from the project. The project was expected to reach 525,700 beneficiaries in total, 20% of whom are women. The project recorded increased employment opportunities in rural areas for youth and women, particularly in areas of farm seasonal labor and paddy rice processing, respectively.
Rice yields increased by 30%, as a result of better access to farm inputs and improved farming practices.
6,951 tons of freshwater fish were produced, surpassing the project target of 2,500 tons. Increased livestock population of by over 64,000 small ruminants and about 181,775 for poultry.
Mr. Erick Abiassi
Task Team Leader
Based in Benin.
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